Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI


Corbin James Taranek

August 11, 1996June 9, 2020

Corbin James Taranek, age 23, of West Bloomfield, died Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in West Bloomfield. Left to cherish his memory are his parents: Richard and Kelly; his brother, Garek Taranek; his sister, Samantha Taranek; and many aunts, uncles, and other members of his large extended family.

Corbin was born August 11, 1996, in Royal Oak, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Richard and Kelly (Ward) Taranek. He studied political science at Central Michigan University, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in December of 2018. In his free time, Corbin enjoyed many hobbies, including playing video games with his friends, playing poker, organizing his fantasy football teams, watching mixed martial arts, and spending time outdoors. He had a strong passion for music, and could always be found listening to his favorite hip-hop artists. Corbin also enjoyed sharing a good meal with his family and friends, and had recently begun learning to cook on the grill. He loved to talk to people, and was always ready to debate, be challenged, and be introduced to new points of view; regardless of the topic.

However, above all else, Corbin loved to spend time with his parents and siblings, and always expressed interest in their hobbies. He enjoyed watching the game with his brother, Garek; and more recently, had spent time playing board games and card games with his family during their time spent at home together during the pandemic. Corbin’s family will always remember him for his beautiful smile, unique sense of humor, quick wit, and warm personality. He will be greatly missed by many.

Corbin’s family will be present to receive friends on Sunday, June 14, 2020, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home White Lake Chapel, 1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, Michigan 48386. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all guests attending the visitation will be required to wear a face mask, as mandated by the Governor’s executive order. In addition, restrictions have been implemented that limit the number of people permitted inside public buildings. If you are planning to attend the visitation on Sunday, but have questions about restrictions or limitations due to the pandemic, please call the funeral home at (248) 363-7135 to be placed in contact with one of Corbin’s family members.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 14, 2020


Corbin James Taranek

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Jeri Thomasson

June 12, 2020

While I only had the pleasure of meeting your son on a few occasions when the boys were younger, Corbin was an amazing friend to my son Tyler Vermeesch. Tyler went thru some pretty rough times and bullying in his freshman year of high school and Corbin was always there to be a friend and make Tyler feel better about himself. While we moved away to help remove Ty from the situation, the boys remained close playing video games for hours on end and from my end laughing hysterically at times (and swearing at times), up until the end. I know Tyler is devastated to lose Corbin from his life, we pray he is in a better place and I, as a mother, will be forever grateful for the kindness Corbin gave to Tyler when there was not a lot for him to receive. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!! My thanks, can never be expressed enough. THANK YOU CORBIN!!

Garek Taranek

June 12, 2020

So the unthinkable happened. On Tuesday, my best buddy and brother Corb passed away. Corb taught me so many valuable things in life and greatly helped shape me as a person. I’m not sure I’ll have any days where I don’t think about him. He was always smarter than his age led on. There were many times he would open my mind to new important ideas although I was 6 years older. He was one of a kind in that regard. He inspired me to get into politics and opening my mind, he kept me on my toes to be a role model, he helped me mature, and he was the one who was by my side through a lot of fun times.

The grieving process has been rough at first.. but I’m feeling very at peace over the last 2 days knowing his struggle with mental health. His struggle was just MUCH bigger than I realized, or what he showed. His struggle was internal and hidden. I’d never guess in a million years it would’ve ended this soon. It didn’t feel real. But now knowing what I know about his mental state and reviewing the past 2 years it all makes perfect sense. I always thought it was a cliche to assume somebody would be resting in peace when they pass... but I can truly say with confidence in this case that Corb is at peace and is in a much better state.

Sam Taranek

June 12, 2020